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Schantz, Ruth.

Three photographs that have been hole punched and tied together. The first shows Ruth Schantz sitting in a wheelbarrow with Carrie Flagler Schantz in front of the home at Morton Park. The second shows Ruth Schantz and Orpheus Moyer Schantz on the steps of the home at Morton Park. The third shows Ruth standing in a garden holding flowers.

Schantz Russell Family

Receipt for work performed by enslaved Black female.

File consists of one receipt, in French, for work performed by an enslaved Black female named Maria on a chain gang in New Orleans in 1825. Translation reads "Wages for negress on the chain: The city treasury will pay to Mr. D. Fitch the sum of 11 piastre and 50 cents for forty six days of work by his negress Maria, employed by the public works from August 9 to October 3." The document is signed by David Fitch and Precend Lament [?] and is dated at New Orleans, Oct. 3, 1825.

Attached to the receipt is what appears to be a clipping from the vendor catalogue which listed the item for sale. It reads:
"174. NEGRO CHAIN GANG LABOR RECEIPT. Printed document, in French, signed, one page, oblong small quarto. Nouvelle-Orleans, 1825. Interesting if not gruesome document. Receipt for labor in the chain gang performed by a negress."

Eisen, Sol

Writ of replevin and penal bond.

  • SCA416-GA484
  • Collection
  • February 25, 1854

One broadside legal document for the recapture of an enslaved woman in Memphis, Tennessee. The writ of replevin and penal bond is by Sarah A. Hawthorn, by her next friend John Hawthorn. Next friend is a legal term for someone who appears in court in place of one who is not considered competent to do so. In this case, Sarah's husband John appeared on her behalf as Sarah, being a married woman, could not bring actions in Tennessee. The writ of replevin is filed against George W. Fisher who the Hawthorns claim was illegally holding an enslaved woman named Mary An. The writ also states that if the Hawthorns are found to be unlawful in their re-capture of Mary Ann they would pay a penal bond of $1,600.

Handbill for The Public Life of Capt John Brown.

  • SCA357-GA409
  • Collection
  • 1860

One handbill advertising the publication of James Redpath's "The Public Life of Capt John Brown." Redpath and Brown were contemporaries and abolitionists and Redpath wrote this work the year after Brown's execution.

Thayer and Elridge

Book, John or Jesse.

Head and torso studio portrait possibly of John Book or Jesse (last name unknown) seen looking off camera and dressed in suit and tie.

Schantz Russell Family

Bates, Catherine Wagner.

Studio portrait of Catherine Wagner Bates. Catherine is dressed formally in a dress with choker necklace, earrings and her hair in a snood.

Wagner Hailer family

Work & play.

File consists of paper doll advertisements. The first is a stand up paper doll of a sheep wearing a dress holding a duster advertising Enameline stove cleaner. The verso reads "Look out for imitations and parties who claim to have something 'just as good.' It is not as good. There's but one Enameline that's the best. For sale by all dealers. Manufactured by J.L. Prescott & Co. 11 Jay Street New York."; a set of six double sided paper dolls with two interchangeable heads, advertising Clark's O.N.T. Spool Cotton. The interiors of the dolls reads "if the child who receives this doll is sent to the store for thread she should ask for Clark's O.N.T. Spool Cotton and see that she gets it. Double Dolls "work and play" 12 in a set. By sending three 2 cent stamps, with name and address, to Clark's O.N.T. Spool Cotton Factory. Newark, N.J. a complete set will be sent by mail be careful to state that the double dolls are wanted."

Soapine advertisement

Advertisement trade card for Soapine by Kendall Manufacturing Company of Providence Rhode Island and illustrated by Charlotte Perkins Gilman showing a woman from behind dusting figurines that spell out Soapine on a mantel piece. Verso reads "Cleanliness in the house, laundry, kitchen and workshop is best secured by the use of Soapine. All wise people continue to use it after one trial. Kendall Mfg. Co. Established 1827. Providence, R.I."

French Laundry and Soapine advertisement

French Laundry and Soapine advertisement trade card illustrated by Charlotte Perkins Gilman showing a young woman standing in a frame holding a washing board and a box of soap. The frame is held up on either side by two young men standing on upside down washing buckets that read Soapine. "Verso reads ""French Laundry is the best soap ever made for all purposes. It is the oldest popular soap, having outlived all its rivals. It has won its way into public favor solely on its merits, and thousands of families who are now using it would not be without it. One trial with convince you. Soapine is the best article known for the laundry and general household use. Use no soap, sal soda, borax, washing crystals or other preparations with it. For washing dishes, glassware, silverware, milk cans, dairy utensils, windows, marble, paint or oil cloth, and house cleaning, use Soapine. Kendall Mfg. Co. Established 1827 Providence, R.I."""

Soapine advertisement

Soapine advertisement illustrated by Charlotte Perkins Gilman showing a woman hanging laundry out from a wash basket. The laundry on the line spells out "Soapine." Verso reads "Soapine the great dirt killer, will remove dirt of all descriptions! Without injury to hands or fabric. Kendall Mfg. Co. established 1827 Providence, R.I."

Moyer, Willard White.

Full body studio portrait of Willard White Moyer aged sixteen months. Willard is shown seated on an arm chair with a doll.

Schantz Russell Family

Moyer family.

Studio portrait of the Jacob Nash Moyer and family. Jacob is seated at left, Mary Miller Moyer is standing at centre, holding Bertha, age 4 months, and Willard White, age 2 years, 7 months is seated at right. All but Bertha are looking off camera.

Schantz Russell Family

Ephemera : business cards, internal.

Two business cards of Orpheus Moyer Schantz from when he was employed by Carson, Pirie & Company (now Carson, Pirie, Scott & Company). One card is professionally printed and shows the company's office, the other has been hand lettered on a small piece of painted canvas. In 1890 the company became Carson, Pirie & Scott, and in 1904 they moved to the landmark Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company Building. Now called Carson's, the company continues to be an important Chicago business.

Schantz Russell Family

Mt. Penn Stove Works advertisement

Advertisement trade card for Mt. Penn Stove Works featuring decorative floral illustration surrounding a woman cooking on a range with a caption reading "a complete kitchen always contains a pretty cook and a Penn Esther range." A large line of sizes and a great variety of styles. For sale by G.W. Rinesmith & Sons 114 North Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA. Made by Mt. Penn Stove Works, Reading, Pa."

Litchfield Steam Laundry letterhead

Correspondence from Litchfield Steam Laundry of Litchfield, Illinois. The letterhead shows women at work in the laundry engaged in tasks such as using washing drums, pressing, and folding clothes. The letter reads "...from 40 to 69 lbs. Also, the water is clear now to what is was one month ago. It is also a compound which if you would let stand one month no settling would be acceptable. But hoping you have a machine which can master it. [illegible] yours truly, Hugh Snell"

David's Prize Soap

David's Prize Soap advertisement trade card showing a vital looking woman washing laundry in a washing bucket with David's Prize Soap while a young girl looks in. Looking in through the door way is a sallow looking older woman. The caption reads "Get David's Prize Soap if you want to avoid hard labor and save your health and strength in washing besides you may get a small fortune as a prize into the bargain." "Verso explains that prizes can be won by purchasing David's Prize Soap, including 2 grand pianos."

Universal Clothes Wringer advertisement

Universal Clothes Wringer puzzle advertisement showing a young woman using a clothes wringer while a man looks in from the window. When the advertisement is held up to the light you can see that the man is looking in with a gun while the young woman leans in to kiss a young man and an older woman comes towards them brandishing a broom. As well, a caption on the advertisement becomes clear which reads "Buy the universal clothes wringer."

Lenox Soap advertisement

Die cut Lenox Soap advertisement showing a woman standing next to a washing tub with a large pile of soap suds coming out of it. The advertisement reads "Lenox Soap. Lather from 1 oz in hard water. Lathers freely in hard water."

Soapona advertisement

Soapona trade card advertisement featuring an elephant looking on while two women hang laundry on a line. Verso reads "Saves times, expense and labor. Makes hard water soft. Does not injure the hands or clothes. Makes linen perfectly white. Is a great disinfectant. Each package contains a set of handsome picture cards. Manufactured only by R.W. Bell & Co. 77 to 89 Washington St., and 8 to 20 Beaver St., Buffalo, N.Y."

Moyer, Ela Bliss.

One upper body studio portrait of Ela Bliss Moyer in collared shirt and tie seen looking at camera.

Schantz Russell Family

Schantz, Orpheus Moyer.

Upper body studio portrait of Orpheus Moyer Schantz seen looking off camera and wearing a Cedar Falls Drum Corps uniform and cap.

Schantz Russell Family

L. I. Fisk & Co. Soaps pamphlet

Pamphlet advertising L.I. Fisk & Co's Soaps. The cover shows three women washing and hanging out clothes with the caption "The suds is like velvet, I never used a soap like it. The water is settled and I find no grit in the tub. We never had such clothes they are whiter at every washing. L.I. Fisk & Co,'s Soaps for sale by all grocers who look to the interests of their customers by buying pure goods." The interior describes the qualities of the soap and gives examples of clothes washed in their soap and with others. The back cover shows a young woman and a caricature of a Japanese man holding a scroll which reads "All soaps bearing our name are warranted free from any of the many adulterations the best for economy, purity, cleanliness and washing quality of any in the world. L.I. Fisk and Co., Springfield, Mass." There are also testimonials on the back cover which read "It has cured my chapped hands. I'll use no other and keep them so. It is a delight to all in the bath. It is so soft and clean."

Sweeperette advertisement

Die cut card showing five women behind a fence with a caption reading "The look well on the fence! Much better on the other side. This road leads to success used by the million." The verso shows the backs of the women, each of whom are holding a Sweeperette sweeper. Verso reads "always in the push our Sweeperette. Sweeperette Company 76 5th Ave. New York Grand Rapids, Mich."

Moyer, Louise.

One upper body portrait of Louise Moyer seen leaning over the back of a chair and wearing a dress with a lace collar.

Schantz Russell Family

Welden Combination : staff.

Portrait of the employees of Welden Combination of Iowa Falls, Iowa. Identified on the verso are: William Welden (Proprietor & Manager), S.H. Welden (Travelling Salesman), J.L. Welden (Shipping Clerk), Robert Wright, Jr. (Manager Clothing Department), E.R. Stewart (Assistant Manager Clothing Department), Aaron McDonell (Manager Grocery Department), Clint McDonell (Delivery-man), Orpheus Moyer Schantz (Manager Dry Goods Department), Kate Griswold (Stenographer and Typewriter), O.J. Lawson (Fashionable Cutter), J.H. Flemming (Journeyman Coatmaker), George Schade (Pants Maker).

Nash, Agnes.

Head and torso studio portrait of Agnes Nash seen in partial profile looking off camera. Nash is wearing a top with lace edging around the collar and a cross on a choker necklace.

Schantz Russell Family

David's Prize Soap

David's Prize Soap advertisement trade card showing an older woman standing at a washing bucket with a bar of David's Soap while two young women play the piano in another room. It reads "All got by using David's Prize Soap besides the excellent washing it does" as well as a caption under the women at the piano which reads "The prize pianoforte." Verso outlines details regarding incentives to try David's Prize products where users can exchange product wrappers for tickets that can be put toward a list of presents.

Moyer, Samuel and family.

One group studio portrait of Samuel Moyer and Emma Bliss Moyer with their children Ela Bliss Moyer (standing right), Robert B. Moyer (standing left) and Louise Moyer.

Schantz Russell Family

James Pyle's Perline Washing Compound advertisement

Advertisement featuring illustration of young girl holding a dust pan, broom and bucket with a box of James Pyle's Pearline Washing Compound in it titled "My Busy Day." Verso reads "James Pyle's Pearline washing compound the great invention for saving toil & expense without injury to the texture, color, or hands. New York. Front of every package of Pearline should look exactly like this cut, or it is an imitation. Don't use an imitation of anything, much less an imitation of Pyle's Pearline. Peddlers and some unscrupulous grocers will tell you the stuff they offer is "Pearline," "same as Pearline," "or as good as Pearline." IT'S FALSE; Pearline is the Original Washing Compount - has no rival - no equal - never peddled - gives no prizes - but stands on the foundation on which it was reared – MERIT."

Schantz, Orpheus Moyer : Morton Park.

Photograph of the home of Orpheus Moyer Schantz and family at Morton Park. Two unidentified children, possibly Ruth and Worth, are visible standing on the porch. The photograph has been mounted on a board and with a decorative handwritten caption that reads "Residence of Mr. & Mrs. O.M. Schantz, Morton Park, Ills., Sept. 9, 1892."

Schantz Russell Family

Schantz, Ruth.

Full length studio portrait of Ruth Schantz at two years of age seen standing in a long white gown and holding a bough of flowers.

Schantz Russell Family

Schantz, Ruth.

Full length studio portrait of Ruth Schantz, age 15 months, seen standing on a wicker chair in a long black dress and looking off camera.

Schantz Russell Family

Schantz, Ruth.

Full length studio portrait of Ruth Schantz, age 15 months, seen standing on a wicker chair in a long black dress and looking off camera.

Schantz Russell Family

Rieder, Christian.

Head and body studio portrait of Christian Rieder seen looking off camera with right hand on back of arm chair.

Rieder and Anthes family

Schantz, Ruth.

Upper body studio portrait of Ruth Schantz, age three, seen dressed in a lace trimmed top and looking off camera.

Schantz Russell Family

Moyer family : Christmas dinner.

Group portrait showing the Moyer family having Christmas dinner at Levi Nash Moyer's home in Wilmette, Illinois. From left to right: Mary Emma Moyer, [Edmund Warren Moyer?], ?, Ela Bliss Moyer, ?, Charlotte Hays Moyer, Levi Nash Moyer, Jennie Moyer, Etta Moyer.

Schantz Russell Family

Moyer family : Christmas dinner.

Group portrait showing the Moyer having Christmas dinner at Levi Nash Moyer's home in Wilmette, Illinois. From left to right: Mary Emma Moyer, [Edmund Warren Moyer?], ?, Ela Bliss Moyer, ?, Charlotte Hays Moyer, Levi Nash Moyer, Jennie Moyer, Etta Moyer.

Schantz Russell Family

Moyer, Mary Emma.

One upper body studio portrait of Mary Emma Moyer seen looking at camera. She is wearing a lace collared top with leg of mutton style sleeves.

Schantz Russell Family

Schantz family.

Photograph of members of the Schantz family and friends seen seated together in a residential home.

Back row: Etta Schantz, [Kathryn Ellis]
Middle row: H. Goodwal Dickerman, Charlotte Hayes Moyer, Harry Rollin Moyer, Orpheus Moyer
Front row: Carrie Flagler Schantz, Ruth Schantz, Mary Emma Moyer.

Schantz Russell Family

Schantz, Orpheus Moyer and family.

One informal group portrait of the Schantz/Flagler family and friends. The group is seen sitting on the front porch of Orpheus' home at Morton Park.

Back row: Arthur Schantz, Melvina Dorthula Flagler, Samuel A. Flagler.

Middle Row: Sophie Schantz, Carrie Flagler Schantz, William Brown Flagler, Nell Johnston Flagler.

Front Row: G.H. Bowers with banjo, H. Goodwal Dickerman with Ruth Schantz and guitar, Orpheus Schantz.

Schantz Russell Family

Moyer, Mollie Raymond.

Upper body studio portrait of Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" Moyer, seen looking off camera in a partially beaded, high-collared top.

Schantz Russell Family

Moyer, Mollie Raymond.

Upper body studio portrait of Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" Moyer, seen looking off camera in a partially beaded, high-collared top.

Schantz Russell Family

Schantz, Orpheus Moyer.

Upper body studio portrait of Orpheus Moyer Schantz seen looking off camera, possibly given by Orpheus to his sister Sophie Emma Schantz.

Schantz Russell Family

Letter to Joseph Jefferson from Jan Larue

  • SCA45-GA25
  • Collection
  • [18-?]

Collection consists of one undated typescript letter to Joseph Jefferson from Jan Larue in Iberia Parish, Louisiana. The letter requests Jefferson put in a good word for Larue. Also included is an undated photograph card of Joseph Jefferson, taken by Gilbert & Bacon studios in Philadelphia.

Ephemera : visiting cards.

Five hand lettered visiting cards of Jennie Moyer, Edmund Warren Moyer, Austin Schantz, and Orpheus Moyer Schantz and F.J. Ottmax. The cards of Edmund and Jennie list them as living at 3823 Langley Ave., Chicago. The card of Orpheus and F.J. Ottmax is inscribed "A Happy New Year 1889."

Schantz Russell Family

Schantz, Sophie and kindergarten class.

Photograph of Sophie Schantz standing with her kindergarten class and two other adults, likely teachers, in Chicago. The teachers are all white but the children are racially diverse including Black, Brown and white students. Several of the children have shaved heads.

Schantz Russell Family

Unidentified child.

Full body studio portrait of unidentified child seen looking at camera and standing with arm and foot propped on wicker chair.

Schantz Russell Family

Schantz, Ruth.

Upper body studio portrait of Ruth Schantz, seen from the left side with a ribbon in her hair.

Schantz Russell Family

Ephemera : business cards, external.

Ten business cards collected by Orpheus Moyer Schantz. Businesses include: McLean Armature Works, Chicago ; C.S. Allen family pharmacist, Chicago (business card opens to reveal price list) ; Hathaway, Soule & Harrington, Chicago (advertisement for new fall and winter men's shoes) ; The Butterick Publishing Co. Ltd., Chicago ; Alex M. Rivenburg, D.D.S., Chicago ; Chinese and Japanese Store, Chicago ; The Northern Trust Company Bank, Chicago (with timecard from Chicago to Wilmette on verso) ; J.H. Kelley, agent for O.R. Gilbert & Co., Taxidermy and Furs, Council Bluffs, Iowa ; Blair Union Christian Endeavour Society, annotated by Carrie Belle Blaschke (unfolds to show listing of lectures for the season) ; C.F. Steckleberg, Music Teacher and Soloist, Council Bluff, Iowa. Of interest to note is that C.F. Steckleberg was head of the violin department at University of Nebraska School of Music.

Schantz Russell Family

Unidentified woman.

Head and shoulders studio portrait of unidentified woman seen looking directly at camera in hair short bangs and a high bun.

Schantz Russell Family

Unidentified teenager.

Head and shoulder studio portrait of unidentified teenager seen looking off camera and wearing a top with large leg of mutton sleeves.

Schantz Russell Family

Armour & Co. advertisement

Advertisement trade card for Armour's Mince Meat and Canned Meats showing an older woman teaching a group of younger women how to cook. Verso reads "It is admitted by every prudent housekeeper, that our Condensed Mince Meat is equal in every respect to the old-fashioned home-made article. Our well known connection with the beef industry, enables us, to put a Mince Meat on the market second to none. We use only the best and purest ingredients, and it is the universal verdict that our product retains its sweetness longer and goes farther than any other brand. Packaged in 12 oz. (net) cardboard cartons. Enough for two large pies. 2 packages for 25 cents. At all first-class grocery stores. Armour and Company, Chicago."

Conqueror wringer advertisement

Conqueror wringer advertisement showing three women and one young girl ironing clothes titled "Ironing Day." The young girl is seated at a stool holding up a dress in front of a Conqueror wringer. Verso reads "The Conqueror excels all other wrings in having 1. A forged steel spring, tapered and tempered, and the temper not "drawn" by galvanizing. 2. The extension crank, which gives double power, without loss of speed. 3. Composition metal bearings, which neither rot, rust or wear out. 4. Patent solid white rubber rolls, fastened immovably to the shaft. 5. Malleable iron swivel clamps, which fit either round or stationary tubs. Foote & Gaskill dealers in hardware, agricultural implements, also stoves, hollow ware, house furnishing goods, &c. wringers repaired. Hamilton, New York."

Sapolio advertisement

Advertisement trade card for Sapolio showing two women cleaning marble statues with the caption "clean marble with Sapolio." Verso reads "1809 1880 Enoch Morgan's Sons' Sapolio for cleaning & polishing. Hand Sapolio for the toilet and bath. Sapolio being put up in an attractive style some persons think is a fancy article but the fact is that one cake is equal to three cakes of any 'mineral soap' and will do more and better work."

Schantz/Flagler family.

Photograph of Carrie Flagler Schantz (at left) standing outdoors with daughter Ruth Schantz and sister-in-law Nell Johnston Flagler. The three are shown standing on the lawn of the Schantz home at Morton Park.

Schantz Russell Family

Schantz, Orpheus Moyer : home.

Photograph of Orpheus Moyer Schantz's home at 4215 West 24th St., Cicero, Illinois. An unidentified individual is visible lying in a hammock on the front porch.

Schantz Russell Family

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